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About Emirates Publishers Association

The Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, who currently serves as its Honorary President. The EPA's primary mission is to promote the growth and development of the publishing industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It plays a crucial role in supporting and representing Emirati publishers, as well as promoting Emirati intellectual property and publications both regionally and internationally. EPA works to disseminate the UAE’s intellectual output throughout the Arab world and worldwide. It focuses particularly on translations from and into Arabic, and the protection of intellectual property and related rights.

The EPA was established with the aim of fostering collaboration within the publishing industry and driving the growth and prosperity of the publishing sector in the UAE. To achieve this, the association organizes various programs and activities that facilitate knowledge sharing between publishers and promote professional skills development through conferences, workshops, seminars, and partnerships. By nurturing publishers, the EPA encourages the creation of exceptional content that aligns with the UAE's cultural development and strengthens the country's position on the global cultural stage.

In addition to its efforts within the UAE, EPA actively participates in cultural events and international book fairs to increase the visibility of Emirati publishers in the global market. This not only opens doors to enrich the publishing and translation landscape in the UAE, but also contributes to the promotion of Emirati literature worldwide. By striving for a vision that supports the UAE's creative economy and enhances the local cultural scene through diverse knowledge products, EPA is actively working to establish Emirati literature as a prominent presence on the global stage.


  • EPA to assist Emirati-owned publishers in promoting Emirati authors, in bringing more Emirati books to more readers in UAE, and in expanding Emirati-owned publisher’s domestic and international market share.

  • EPA is to guide and direct the publishing industry to contribute to the social, cultural, education and economic development of the United Arab Emirates.

  • EPA focuses on enhancing the UAE’s existing legal framework to afford publishers world-class protection of intellectual property rights, copyright enforcement, and freedom to publish, thereby promoting creativity in the UAE.


UAE takes pride in having a variety of libraries across the country. Browse our list of libraries in each emirate here.

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